Dolly Parton and Other Country Stars Pay Tribute to Merle Haggard

By Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
April 6, 2016 Updated: April 8, 2016

Some of country music’s biggest names are reminiscing about what made Merle Haggard a legend in the wake of his death at the age of 79. 

“We’ve lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time,” Dolly Parton said in a statement, ABC News reports. “His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle.”

Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. 

His son Ben confirmed his death on Facebook. 

“A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends,” Ben Haggard wrote. “He loved everything about life and he loved that everyone of you gave him a chance with his music.” 

Haggard’s death was greeted with an outpouring of mourning on social media from country music stars. 

Haggard died from pneumonia, said his manager.